Lady Gaga opened up about being bullied as a child on Monday’s “The View,” admitting the words still hurt her today.
After the ladies showed a clip from HBO’s concert special, “Lady Gaga Presents The Monster Ball Tour,” which featured the singer breaking down backstage and admitting she still sometimes feels like a “loser kid in high school,” Barbara Walters asked the singer how – as a superstar – she could still feel that way.
“I think that some of the residual wounds, from high school, from being bullied, and feeling not good enough, I think it stays with you your whole life,” Gaga, who is celebrating the release of her new album, “Born This Way,” responded. “And it’s about every day becoming stronger and becoming more brave.”
The singer said that things she heard from people as a teenager, are still a part of her life.
“I got really bullied. I had a nice group of friends, but getting picked on in school — it sticks with you for life and I don’t think I realized how deeply it affected me until I started to become more successful and suddenly there’s lots of pressure and you have to be a role model,” she said. “I had to look inside myself and say, ‘Well, what do I have to offer?’ Because for so many years I felt like I didn’t have very much to offer.”
The singer, whose real name is Stefani Germanotta, said she was picked on for a host of reasons.
“All sorts of things. They said I had a big nose and I had buckteeth,” she explained. “I had my teeth fixed. And I got thrown in a trash can…”
Beyond discussing her painful youth, Gaga addressed the reports that it took her father, Joseph Germanotta, a little while to come around to acceptance of her outfits, her Gaga personality and her massive worldwide fame.
“You know what, I think that deep down he knew I always had it. I just think it’s hard to watch your kids grow up and change and become themselves,” she said. “I think also, my dad was a bad boy and he loved rock ‘n’ roll, and I think the thing that terrified him the most was he saw himself inside of me.”